We’re living in a crazy time right now. So many of us are working from home, even though our bosses might have refused to do in the past.
Whatever your reason for doing it, planning your day isn’t always as easy as when you’re in a physical office.
Your child might rudely demand your attention or your puppy might be just chilling, but they’re cute so why wouldn’t you want to snuggle them.
Fortunately, I’m a casual WFH-er and have experience with working from home, somewhat successfully, so below are my tried-and-tested tips, or download my free PDF working from home schedule if you fancy copying me.
Set an alarm
It doesn’t matter when, I’m not your boss, but set one. Even if you don’t get up at that time, it gives you the option to.
Personally, I’m an early bird. I love waking up early, especially as my partner is lazy, sorry I mean a night owl. It means I can get on with my chores with the entire flat to myself.
However, if I don’t set an alarm, it’s very likely I’ll stay snuggled up because I’m only human.
Make a to-do list
I don’t think you’d be shocked to know that I love a to-do list. It’s not even the satisfaction of ticking tasks off that appeals to me, it’s having a space to dump all of my ideas and tasks so I don’t have to think about them or worry I’ve forgotten anything.
Personally, I hate physical to-do lists because I’m forever switching and changing my priorities so I like to use digital ones.
Having tried-and-tested many types, I’ve found Todoist is the most helpful. I’ll write an entire post about this in the future.
For now, stick to whatever works for you, but creating a to-do list makes planning your day easier because you can visually see what you need to achieve.
Change your underwear
Every ‘working from home’ blog mentions getting dressed, but I’m not going to tell you what to wear. I love loungewear and have spent many a productive WFH day in just an oversized t-shirt.
What I am going to preach to you, however, is to change your underwear. We’ve all been there, woken up at five to nine, rolled out of bed and switched the laptop on.
Three hours later, you’re still in the same position and have been wearing your knickers for 30 hours. Gross.
Just change them.
Other than that, it’s up to you.
Create a dedicated workspace
Working from your bed is fun, until your back is in agony and no amount of Yoga With Adrienne can fix it.
Setting up a desk makes distinguishing your work and non-work life easier and no matter what size your space is, it’s possible.
I live in a 32m² studio flat with my partner and there’s certainly no space for a desk. Instead, I use my kitchen table, which also functions as my dressing table, cocktail making station and sometimes, a place to eat.
The way I make it work is by having a wireless keyboard and mouse, second monitor and laptop stand that I set up every morning. It’s close to my in-office set-up and means I’m not hunching over my 12” laptop screen for eight hours.
You don’t have to go as extreme as that, obviously, but making your workspace separate and comfortable makes it easier to concentrate.
End the day with something different
Without a commute, or engaging with the boring ‘so what are you doing this evening’ chat with co-workers, it’s hard to tell when your day actually ends.
Whether it’s a walk, packing up your makeshift desk or whatever you want, do something at the end of each day that signifies that you’re done.
This helps you wind down and switch off for the day. Personally, I like to go for a walk as some fresh air does wonders for my brain.
Enjoy the flexibility
Yes, having dedicated working hours can be good for your productivity, but depending on your job, working from home probably means that you can work more flexibly.
Don’t feel guilty for taking a long lunch, or doing a 10 am workout. Working from home comes with plenty of cons, but it can actually be liberating if you let yourself enjoy the perks, including a 4 pm wine 🍷😉